Oh, well in that case, yeah, when Zidlicky goes, "Detroit, or nothing" we are back to square one. Actually that probably is exactly what Lou did. Lou probably told Zids "These are the teams calling about you, which ones are you willing to go to?" And Zids probably responded "Detroit, period."
I don't think Lou was off negotiating with teams Zidlicky wouldn't accept a trade to. He simply received other offers.
You have to think other teams in the east (not montreal) were interested in Zidlicky. A right handed puck moving defensmen who has played well in the playoffs. A two situation player as well. The problem is, once you give him an option of teams he can very easily just pick one and squash a trade to Boston or Florida.